News & Resources
COVID-19 Funeral Expenses
Did you pay for funeral-related expenses for someone who died of COVID-19 since January 2020? You may be eligible for reimbursement from a new FEMA funeral assistance program.
Unfortunately there is no paper application or online application available. The only way to apply at this time is by calling FEMA's COVID-19 Funeral Assistance Line Number, 1-844-684-6333 TTY: 1-800-462-7585 Monday through Friday between 9am and 9pm Eastern Time. Callers will be asked questions to get registered for the rest of the application process. You'll probably get a busy signal many times so you might have to keep on trying to get through.
Senior Services Survey
Follow the link below to participate in a survey about West Virginia services for senior citizens.
senior satisfaction survey
The National Administration for Community Living (ACL) is conducting a statewide survey of senior satisfaction with Older Americans Act-funded services and programs. Randomly selected seniors will be contacted via US mail.
COVID VACCINE AGE noW AT 16+
Governor Justice has announced that West Virginia residents age 16 and above are now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine.
updated COVID VACCINE registration procedures
Seniors should register online for the COVID vaccine clinic if at all possible. Seniors who have previously registered via their local health department or WVU Medicine as well as seniors who have not yet registered should use the link below to register for the vaccination clinic.
Seniors who do not have access to a computer may register via phone: 833.734.0965.
After registering, seniors will be contacted when an initial or second vaccination appointment is available.
COVID Vaccine Registration
Click the links below for information.
COVID-19 vaccine schedule WEST VIRGINIA
Click on the link below for up-to-date statewide information specific to the COVID-19 vaccine schedule in West Virginia.
COVID-19 WV VACCINE HOTLINE
Call this number for up-to-date infomation about COVID-19 vaccine clinics in WV
COVID-19 vaccine hotline is available:
Monday--Friday: 8:00 a.m.--6:00 p.m. Saturday: 9:00 a.m.--5:00 p.m.
covid-19 vaccine scam alert
Click on the link below for important information about scams related to the COVID-19 Vaccine.
TAX preparation services UPDATE
The deadline for filing 2020 federal and state income tax returns has been moved to May 17, 2021.
Volunteers in the national VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) Program are providing free income tax preparation services this tax season to qualified individuals. Services are available in Morgantown as well as Fairmont. Income for participants must be below $57,000 with zero rental inome. Limited appointments are available. Seniors are urged to call ASAP to make an appointment. VITA tax prep services are not same day services.
In Morgantown, all VITA appointments at the Legal Aid office have been filled. No appointments are available.
VITA appointments sponsored by the United Way of Marion and Taylor Counties remain available. Seniors will need to drive to Fairmont to drop off their tax documents and then drive back again to pick up completed tax forms. There will be no face-to-face sessions. A limited number of appointments are available. Call Shannon at 304.366.4550.
AARP will not offer face-to-face tax preparation services this income tax season. In previous years, Senior Monongalians has hosted the AARP tax prep sessions. AARP's decision to not offer the face-to-face sessions is in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and concern for the health and safety of the senior population.
AARP is planning to offer virtual as well as limited contact tax preparation services. These services will not be at the senior center. Interested persons should call the AARP Tax Preparation Line for more information. 304.808.1296. The information line is manned by AARP volunteers. Callers may need to leave a message; calls will be returned.
FREE COVID_19 TESTING
Check the link below for the location of COVID-19 testing. The list is updated daily. The testing is free. You must provide an ID or proof of address. Proof of insurance is NOT required.
scam alerts from WV Senior Legal Aid
Know that vaccination and testing is FREE. If someone is asking you to pay, it's a scam.
Know that the government IS NOT going to call you and ask for personal information for you to get vaccine or treatment.
Be aware of scammers pretending to be COVID-19 contact tracers. Legitimate contact tracers will never ask for your Medicare number, financial information, or attempt to set up a COVID-19 test for you and collect payment information for the test.
Don't respond to text messages, Facebook messenger, or other social media direct messages about virus testing, treatment, or vaccine, and don't click any links about it in messages. Even if the message is from someone you know scammers can hack your friends' accounts and deliver fake messages.
If you are at least 60 years old and a West Virginia resident you can call WV Senior Legal Aid at 1-800-229-5068 for confidential advice about scams and other legal issues.
SENIOR monongalians' bus pass program
Senior Monongalians' Bus Pass Program has ended. Seniors should qualify at zero cost for the Property Tax Bus Pass Program offered by Mountain Line. Information about the Mountain Line bus pass program can be accessed through the link provided below.
Individuals with questions about the new bus pass program should contact Mountain Line Transit Authority at 304.291.7433 or 304.296.3680.
medicare, medicaid and health Insurance
David Summers, Regional Senior Health Insurance Program (SHIP) Counselor, is available to offer free and unbiased information and assistance to seniors regarding Medicare, Medicaid, and other health insurance.
David can be reached via phone at 304.366.5921 or 866.366.0016 (toll free). During this COVID-19 pandemic, David is scheduling phone conferences. Face-to-face sessions are not available.
WV Senior Feeding Program extended!!
The WV Senior Summer Feeding Program has been extended indefinitely. Seniors age 60 and above who are not receiving meals from the senior center, food pantry, Board of Education, or other food service are eligible to receive a weekly food box containing five shelf-stable meals. In addition, spouses of eligible seniors, individuals with disabilities living with the senior, as well as grandchildren in the household are eligible to receive their own food box.
A grab and go distribution system is used; seniors drive up to the center entrance and remain in the car; a center employee loads the boxes in the vehicle’s trunk. Food boxes are distributed between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. every Wednesday
For additional information about the Senior Feeding Program contact Senior Monongalians between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m Monday through Friday, 304.296.9812.
senior center gets facelift
The senior center is sparkling with new paint in the main hallway, the cafe', and the nutrition room. The fresh coat of paint adds a warm, cheerful vibe to the center. Special thanks to the following: Morgantown Lowe's (store #0567 at Venture Drive) donated the paint. Volunteer students from University High School manned the paint brushes and rollers. Senior Monongalians Board of Directors allocated funds for painting supplies, and Shelly Herter, Assistant Director, planned and coordinated the project.
When will the Senior Center reopen?
The Senior Center is affiliated with the West Virginia Bureau of Senior Services. All affiliated centers remain closed until the governor authorizes the Bureau to reopen senior centers. It is anticipated that the center will not reopen until later this year. Once the order to reopen is received, Senior Monongalians will work with the Monongalia County Health Department to develop reopening protocols.
COVID-19 InformatioN CLICK BELOW
STAY SAFER AT HOME ORDER
WV Governor Jim Justice has issued a Stay Safer at Home Order. The order strongly suggests that all West Virginia residents stay at home unless performing an essential activity. The order will remain in effect until terminated by order of the governor.
Federal Benefit programs
ALL federal benefit programs including Social Security, SSI, Medicare, Medicaid, and SNAP WILL CONTINUE. These essential services will not be impacted by any stay-at-home or closure orders issued by state and federal government. The Social Security Administration Morgantown office can be reached via telephone 866.770.2055. DHHR can be reached via telephone 304.285.3175.
COVID-19- scam warnings
The United States Attorney's Office and the FBI warns that scammers are taking advantage of fears surrounding COVID-19 to steal money and personal information. Protect yourself by doing the following:
Hang up on robocalls.
Verify information. If in doubt, check with a trusted source such as the CDC (www.cdc.gov)
Know who you are buying from. Online sellers may claim to have in-demand products when, in fact, they do not.
Don't click on links in emails or phone messages from sources that you do not know. The links could download a virus onto your computer.
Do your homework. Don't be rushed into making a donation. Do not send donations in cash, by gift card, or by wiring money
Senior monongalians' nutrition program
Grab-and-go meals can be picked up at the center Monday through Friday at 11:30 a.m. Call 304.296.9812 between 8:00 and 10:00 a.m. to reserve a grab and go lunch.
Home-delivered meal services will continue.
In the link below is a collection of announcements of program changes and helpful articles for seniors, their families, or caregivers. There is advice on health and nutrition, finances, communication, programs, and many other things we think would be of use to the community.
To make it easier for seniors, families, or caregivers to find useful information we have provided a list of links and helpful resources on a variety of topics. You can see the list in full by clicking the link below.
Check here for current information about the coronavirus.